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by aDave
Apr 10, 2020 0:57:37 GMT -5
No New Posts Forum Technical Help and Testing

Please let us know if you need help sorting out any challenges or technical issues experienced while using this forum. Feel free to use this area for testing purposes. Unregistered guests are allowed to post in this "technical help" board if having trouble registering, or a registered member who has become locked out for technical reasons.

119 1,097 3/18/2020 Rockshow photo gallery users
by Tommy
Mar 29, 2020 11:28:50 GMT -5

Lapidary Discussion Topics

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No New Posts Rock Tumbling - 7 Viewing

Rock tumbling discussion topics including rotary or vibe methods, recipes, grits, cleanup, etc. Get help from world class rock tumbling experts

4,602 56,211 Thumler’s UV-18 maiden voyage
by hummingbirdstones
Apr 9, 2020 20:14:25 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Tumbling Photos - 1 Viewing

Show off your latest batch of tumbles, or post photos of all things related to rock tumbling

3,402 46,190 A walk in the field
by fernwood
Apr 10, 2020 2:22:15 GMT -5
No New Posts Creating Cabochons

All things related to creating cabochons, including photos of your latest masterpieces, works in progress, or requests for advice

10,587 141,387 Montana Moss Scene 04/09/20
by fernwood
Apr 10, 2020 2:19:42 GMT -5
No New Posts Wire Wrapping

Show off your latest creative use of wire, or get advice on all things related to wire wrapping

4,656 56,888 Bean shaped wrap
by drocknut
Apr 9, 2020 20:58:34 GMT -5
No New Posts Metal Smithing - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to the art of metal smithing with silver, gold, or any other metals

862 12,017 Puppy dust
by fernwood
Apr 9, 2020 0:47:49 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Carving

Discussions and photos related to the carving of rocks including tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

326 4,568 What (budget) tools are best for carving and polishing?
by zarguy
Mar 31, 2020 17:57:36 GMT -5
No New Posts Creations, intarsia, glass, metal, etc.

Show off your finished creations, or on-going projects, using various materials or methods that exercise your creativity and expand your lapidary skills, while inspiring others to grow with you

1,599 24,144 Best tool/method for finishing intarsia?
by pauls
Apr 9, 2020 16:44:03 GMT -5
No New Posts Faceting, Gem Cutting, and Gemstones - 1 Viewing

Discussions and photos related to gemstones and faceting including specimens, tools, methods, materials, and outcomes

96 1,401 Let's talk faceting machines
by pauls
Mar 11, 2020 6:29:32 GMT -5
No New Posts Sphere Making

Discussion and photos of all things related to the art of sphere making, including techniques, equipment, and showing off your finished specimens

141 2,490 Sphere Machine Robbins Myers Xerox motors Busted Gear fix?
by oregon
Mar 20, 2020 11:47:19 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary DIY Articles and Tutorials - 1 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for lapidary specific posts that are deemed exceptional and informative, and important to be preserved as a topic specific article or DIY tutorial. Please do not post questions in these areas - posts are created here as topic specific tutorials or moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock Tumbling Tutorials, Creating Cabochons Tutorials, Wire Wrapping Tutorials, Metal Smithing Tutorials, Other Articles and Tutorials

97 2,861 Dry Polishing Tutorial (rotary tumbler)
by RocksInNJ
Mar 12, 2020 23:22:16 GMT -5

Additional Rock Related Topics

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No New Posts Rock Sciences, Articles and Information - 1 Viewing

The sub-groups herein are provided as a depository for rock sciences related posts that are specifically written in article format. Please do not post questions in these areas. Posts here are created as topic specific articles, or they are judged by staff to be exceptional and informative on a rock sciences subject, and are moved here by staff

Sub-boards: Rock and Mineral Identification, Geology 101, Archaeology and Artifacts, Paleontology and Fossils, Astronomy, Impacts, Physics

429 3,602 The Universe
by mohs
Apr 9, 2020 13:52:51 GMT -5
No New Posts General Rocks Board - 5 Viewing

All things rock related that don't really seem to fit into a specific category.

13,101 141,048 Some heavy shopping for material
by stardiamond
Apr 9, 2020 15:46:03 GMT -5
No New Posts Cutting Rocks - Slabs and Saws - 2 Viewing

We want to see your rock slabs, fresh off the saw. Saws, blades, maintenance, refurbishing, or just cutting rocks in general

5,806 59,925 New to me Rock Rascal model J
by hummingbirdstones2
Apr 9, 2020 21:41:50 GMT -5
No New Posts Lapidary Equipment - 3 Viewing

Equipment related discussions including repairs, maintenance, refurbishing vintage equipment, or show us your home made equipment projects


1,675 21,403 slab saw part id? Came with Highland Park 10" gravity feed.
by Lapidaryrough / Jack Cole
Apr 9, 2020 21:57:41 GMT -5
No New Posts Specimen Photos - 1 Viewing

Show us your specimen pieces, polished or not. Slabs or thunder-eggs or any other rock related item destined for a display case because it is just too beautiful or too important to cut up

3,256 35,560 Thunder eggs video
by jasperfanatic
Apr 9, 2020 23:23:18 GMT -5
No New Posts Fossils and Artifacts

Discussions and photos of all things related to fossils and ancient human artifacts

1,068 11,554 Fossil Shark Found in Mammoth Cave KY
by agatemaggot
Mar 29, 2020 21:33:51 GMT -5
No New Posts Rock Identification Help - 1 Viewing

Post photos and ask questions to get help identifying your unknown rocks and specimens

2,667 22,046 ID for Brit please
by knave
Apr 8, 2020 22:38:34 GMT -5

Member Community Pages

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A place for posting all of those pictures that don't quite fit into any of the other categories - vacations, puppies, etc.

9,849 135,439 Gillespie Dam Bridge
by adrian65
Apr 7, 2020 3:08:14 GMT -5
No New Posts Competition and Fun Contests - 2 Viewing

Competitions and Fun Contests

729 22,388 What the heck is going on around here! (end date added)
by fernwood
Apr 10, 2020 2:25:59 GMT -5
No New Posts Rockhounding Reports, Locations, Trips and Shows - 1 Viewing

Organize a rockhounding trip, request location information, advertise a show, or post your trip report with lots of pictures for us to enjoy

2,595 30,922 Video - Collecting Apatite Crystals in Ontario
by joshuamcduffie
Apr 7, 2020 21:45:23 GMT -5
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Leave a helpful review for a vendor or request information or recommendations on which vendor to choose

1,307 10,683 Barnhouse Lapidary
by fireforged
Apr 7, 2020 13:12:05 GMT -5
No New Posts RTH Marketplace, Buy Sell Trade - 1 Viewing

Members with at least 100 community quality posts can post new threads here to sell or trade rock related items. All members are eligible to respond and purchase. Buyer and seller beware - RTH is not responsible for the success or security of any transactions that occur here.

3,212 26,897 Trailer rough (cutting or tumbling) sale
by catmandewe
Apr 10, 2020 1:46:28 GMT -5
No New Posts Life in General, Off-topic Chit-Chat Area - 2 Viewing

Lighthearted discussions about topics related to life in general and all other non-polarizing subjects.

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by mohs
Apr 9, 2020 20:44:44 GMT -5


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Wooferhound: Been cutting my own hair for 30 years ... Shave myself too Apr 8, 2020 12:03:12 GMT -5 *
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mohs: 1.5 clip & go... 80 years,,, saved lots of bucks & look like hell P-) O mohs Apr 8, 2020 12:28:10 GMT -5
mohs: and the rock poet said: Haircuts were always my worse mistakes (insane) Apr 8, 2020 13:32:30 GMT -5
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rickb: wife 2.0 cuts my hair Apr 8, 2020 14:36:03 GMT -5
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rickb: Si, muchas gracias amigodule Apr 9, 2020 8:27:29 GMT -5
Wooferhound: But the Tide is Not Turning ? Apr 9, 2020 8:32:56 GMT -5
rickb: Put clothes in, add Tide, turn on and tune in (spew) Apr 9, 2020 9:16:27 GMT -5 *
rockpickerforever: Wash, rinse, repeat Apr 9, 2020 11:02:10 GMT -5
mohs: and everyj Apr 9, 2020 12:24:07 GMT -5
mohs: and everything was going so swell Apr 9, 2020 12:24:52 GMT -5
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lisa64: Hi all, definitely a newbie—just before Covid-19 hit so have lots of time to watch my 1st set of rocks tumble... Apr 9, 2020 15:21:48 GMT -5
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mohs: and it siesta time (tumbleweed) agian Apr 9, 2020 16:16:30 GMT -5 *